There are many reasons: -
Many of our guests travel extensively for business spending a great part of their lives in sterile impersonal hotel rooms. So more of the same just isn't their idea of a dream vacation - more of a busman's holiday!
A villa and apartment offers you, your family and friends more space, more comfort, more informality, more privacy, and more personalized service than any hotel. The whole villa or apartment is there exclusively for you, and you don't have to share anything with other tourists.
Renting a villa and apartment through Lazydays in Goa can be much better value. When calculated on a per bedroom or per person basis and considering all the "extras" you'd have to pay for in a hotel, a villa vacation is often much cheaper than staying at one of the better hotels or resorts. Expenses for drinks, snacks and laundry etc. are very low, while in a hotel they can easily double or triple your spending money.
Even more important, taking a villa and apartment vacation is like relaxing in your own private home in Goa.
In a hotel however hard the staff try to make you feel welcome the fact is you are just one of many. With a villa and apartment holiday you have individual attention from Lazydays staff, you will also find that you will have opportunity of feeling part of the local community and be part of everyday life a bonus that hotel holidays can't offer.
Our properties range from traditional houses in sleepy coastal villages to highly individual villas and apartments each with their own charm and appeal. Our emphasis is on quality accommodation. The number of properties in our portfolio is limited as only a few villas in Goa meet our high standards. Each villa and apartment has been carefully selected and represents good value.
We have Studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments some are in private houses, some are in a small private residential development and one or two are in a small resort. Most apartments all have access to a shared garden, are privately owned, comfortably furnished and well decorated.
We also have a wide and varied range of villas with 2, 3, 4 or 5 bedrooms. Some are suitable for large families and groups and can accommodate up to 10 guests. Some are perfect for corporate entertainment others have a charming simplicity. Some have a swimming pool others are right on the beach and the rest are no more than 10 minutes stroll to the sea. Some are traditional, antique filled, cottages others are newly built. Some have a charming simplicity and local style others are 5 star luxury. All are set in beautiful gardens and surrounded by an abundance of tropical plants and flowers.
All villas in our portfolio have been designed and built according to the taste and requirements of their individual owners - so each is unique and has its own character. We know each villa in detail and are happy to help you select the villa best suited to YOUR particular needs.
Therefore, you should let us have details of those travelling with you. It's not enough just to know the number of bedrooms required. The type of vacation you plan is another important factor in choosing your ideal villa. Do you want to spend a quiet time with your family, or will you be doing any entertaining? Perhaps you plan an intimate vacation with your spouse, or you may have business associates visiting and staying with you.
By completing and returning our enquiry form early as you can, you help us to suggest the accommodation which we believe will suit your needs best. The earlier you start the selection process the better the chance that the villa of your choice is still available.
We only feature properties that are furnished and equipped to a high standard. All properties are well maintained and comfortably furnished with sufficient seating for the stated number. We have added those little extras that make your stay as lazy and as comfortable as possible including comfortable mattresses and soft pillows, plug in mosquito machines and garden furniture.
All bedrooms and living areas have, as standard, ceiling fans and most are also air conditioned.
All our properties are self-catering. Kitchens are well equipped and have as a minimum a 2 ring gas burner, fridge-freezer and washing machine plus all the normal cooking utensils as well as the right number of glasses, crockery and cutlery.
All bathrooms have western style flush toilets and hot water showers. Properties are cleaned everyday except Sunday and the linen and towels are changed twice or three times weekly. An iron and ironing board are provided.
All Lazydays staff are local Goans with the exception of the Directors, who are English, and have a very 'hands on' approach to running the company and who will meet you shortly after your arrival.
It is difficult to find a Goan who is not friendly, helpful and cheerful and our staff are no exception. All have been picked for their sunny disposition, honesty and reliability and all are English speaking. Our maids each look after a property and care for them as if they were their own. As well as keeping your holiday home as spotlessly clean you will find they will be a valuable source of local knowledge, information and advice.
We will try to help you in your choice of accommodation and be honest with you when helping you choose the right villa or apartment for the type of holiday you are hoping for. We would rather get it right before you come than have dissatisfied customers in Goa. Once booked you will receive information about arriving in Goa together with the details of our local office.
You'll be met on arrival in Goa either at the airport, railway station or other designated point by one of our drivers. You will then be transferred by taxi to your villa. On the day of arrival you will receive a short briefing from our staff so you are aware of how the house works. Each house and apartment is supplied with its 'Holiday guide and property handbook' that gives general information on how to get the best out of your holiday, what to expect from your accommodation and the services we provide, together with our local address and telephone number. It also contains a guide to the area, local restaurants and places of interest.
We provide a complimentary starter pack of basic household items that includes matches, candles, toilet paper, washing up liquid, cloths, washing powder.
To make your first day more relaxing why not order our optional 'grocery hamper'. We will shop for you before your arrival and your refrigerator will be stocked with an initial supply of soft drinks, juices and mixers; bottled mineral water, beer, coffee and tea; eggs, bread, butter and cheese; fruit and vegetables.
The house staff will take care of all routine chores such as washing dishes, cleaning the premises, maintaining the garden (and pool), changing bed linen and towels, handling light laundry (or arrange a laundry service) and where a cook is provided - shopping for groceries too. We live in Goa and have a lot of local knowledge and along with our friendly team of maids and drivers are able to offer as much advice and information as you need. We will understand if you want to do your own thing, but if you need us we are only a phone call away. We do not provide a rep service, neither do we 'sell' trips and tours. We can however steer you in the right direction if you ask us to.
All our holidays are self-catering and therefore you will pay extra for all food and beverages that you consume. You will have the freedom to choose whether you eat out in one of the many and varied restaurants or eat in.
If you choose a property that includes the services of a cook you pay extra for the ingredients the cook has to buy to prepare your meals, and for the drinks you consume. You can either let your household staff do the shopping, or you can make a trip to one of Goa's colourful markets yourself.
All light laundry done in-house is free but you will need to provide the washing powder. A charge will be made for any laundry service. Please bring your own beach towels as these are not supplied.
All gas and electricity charges are included in the rental price and where there is a telephone all local calls are complimentary however if you carry your laptop computer on holiday to use in your villa we will charge a facility charge of £10 to cover the additional telephone costs. This is payable locally on arrival. Please note that where there is a telephone we cannot advise on whether there is a jack plug or if it will be compatible with your laptop.
We offer complimentary WiFi in all properties by way of a wireless router and TATA dongle. This will provide up to 1.5 GB download for up to 7 days usage. If you exceed this there is a charge of Rs 500 plus service tax. (paid locally) Please note that the internet speed in Goa is slower than the speed you will be used to.
There are basically 3 distinct seasons in Goa : the Wet, the Dry and the Hot
The South West Monsoon starts May/June and brings heavy rainfall of up to 3 ½ metres over the next 3 months. This time of the year finds Goa at its most colourful and freshest (and quietest). The beaches are windswept, rainlashed and deserted and there are very few hotels and restaurants open.
In the two months either side of the monsoon Late April and May and September early October the humidity is at its worst and the temperature can reach 35ºC and very few tourist facilities are available. In October there is still also the chance of some monsoon rain but it is likely to only be the occasional shower and the sea is also unsuitable for swimming due to the strong under current.
From Mid October to Mid April Goa has a near perfect climate. October can still be a little humid with the chance of some rain and for this reason many of the seasonal restaurants open later in the month. Swimming in the sea is also not recommended due to the strong under current. Direct Charter Holiday flights from Europe start this month. November sees the humidity dropping and the start of long sunny days with a temperature around 30ºC and pleasantly 'cool' evenings of around 25ºC. This continues until April with December January and February being the most popular, and therefore busiest months. During this time the days are hot and evenings cool the beaches are perfect and swimming is safe.